Need a printer compatable with windows 98

September 3, 2010 at 13:21:36
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September 3, 2010 at 15:22:13
No current model of printer that I know of supports being used in ME or previous - that's been the case for a least a year if not longer.

You could buy a used printer of course, but if you want a new one...

Canon was probably the last maker to support that for all their models.You may be able to find a Canon model that is old stock, never used, on the web.

E.g. A Canon Pixma ip4200 is supported in 98 and up, and there were some models newer than that that still did too for awhile.
The Pixma ip4200 has 5 fair sized cartridges - ink tanks (the print head is built into the printer) - two of them have black ink. The larger (~ twice the capacity) black cartridge is used for text, the smaller one for photos. It can print on both sides of a page, and photo print quality is excellent .

The Pixma ip1600 came out about the same time - it has two smaller sized but not tiny cartridges with integral print heads.

Chose a printer model that uses cartridges with integral print heads if you can't be sure that you'll use all the colors at least once a week.

If that's not what you want or if you can't find one, look on the Canon web site at the drivers available for which operating system for models slightly newer than the e.g. ip4200 - if drivers are available for 98SE / ME, then search the web for that model - one that is old stock, never used.

NOTE that the ad may not mention support for ME or previous, and the drivers for that may not be on the CD that came with it - the important thing is whether they're available on the maker's web site - in the case of Canon, they are available for slightly older than current models. .

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September 3, 2010 at 17:28:00
Pretty much any HP laser printer will still work with old LaserJet 5 drivers, which Win 98 has. You will need Windows 98 Second Edition so the USB ports work correctly.

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September 3, 2010 at 17:37:50
Almost every dot matrix or pin printer still can be set to some very old modes.

Used they are cheap but new kind if expensive. The good news is you can print forever on a few ribbons of ink. They cost like $8 each.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 4, 2010 at 01:47:13
Easiest solution is to use a PCL Compatable Network Printer, no need for USB Support, just a network with router....

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September 4, 2010 at 08:51:29
W98 can drive DOS type printers as well as PCL5/6 and Postscript capable printers.

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September 4, 2010 at 15:37:08
Hah, Windows 98 doesn't even recognize USB input. Good luck finding a printer with one of those massive pronged plugs. Just upgrade to XP. It's 2010.

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September 5, 2010 at 00:42:55
You can add a parallel port to most new desktops. Some newer printers still have parallel ports

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September 5, 2010 at 12:40:58
"Hah, Windows 98 doesn't even recognize USB input."

It DOES recognize USB input if Win 98 drivers can be loaded.

Regarding mass storage devices -

Windows 98SE and previous Microsoft operating systems have NO built in support for recognizing flash drives; Windows ME was the first Microsoft operating system that did.

It used to be flash drives came with Windows 98, and/or, more often, 98SE drivers that you could install, but that's no longer the case. You can still download 98SE drivers from a few flash drive manufacturer's web sites, but I've found these drivers to be a better solution.....

If you're not sure whether you have Windows 98 or 98SE, RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties.
Whether it is 98 or 98 Second Edition is shown on the right on the first page you see.

Generic USB Mass Storage drivers.
These allow many USB devices that have no drivers for 98 and 98SE to work in those operating systems.


Win98 original, modified from the 98SE version.

Both say:

"Remove ALL drivers for USB flash drives in Device Manager"

NOTE that I have not had to Un-install previously installed drivers.
If you want to do that, those are listed in Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs.

The 2.x versions support the recognition of many USB devices.
The 3.x versions also support the recognition of USB 2.0 controllers.

NOTE that the 2.x versions have NO Un-install; the 3.x versions DO - in Add/Remove Programs.

After you have installed these drivers, after you have plugged in or installed a USB device that hasn't been plugged in or installed before, you are prompted to have Windows search for drivers - do that, it will find the drivers, and that same USB device is detected automatically when it's plugged in or installed after that.

These drivers work for many devices, but there are some they can't detect.
E.g. Apple never made drivers for their devices for previous to Windows 2000, so an iPod , iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, etc., cannot be recognized.

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